The Daily Mail reports that the United Nations declared fentanyl one the most dangerous drugs on the planet.
Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine and is one of the opioids that is responsible for the current overdose crisis in the United States. The UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to ‘schedule’ two fentanyl precursors and a fentanyl-like substance which should help keep the deadly opioid from the streets.
“Roughly 20,000 US overdose deaths in 2015 involved heroin or synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to the CDC.”
But in the era of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), those who are at risk for a fentanyl overdose will be overlooked. The Patients’ Choice Act (a.k.a. Trumpcare) was proposed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and may not have the support to repeal ACA protections. However, the fact that Trumpcare overlooks addictions and fentanyl overdose risks is alarming.